White Birch Nyx | White Birch Brewing

White Birch NyxWhite Birch Nyx
BA SCORE
4.05/5
123 Ratings
White Birch NyxWhite Birch Nyx
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
White Birch Brewing
New Hampshire, United States
whitebirchbrewing.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Adam Romanow is our third brewer apprentice. His release is an exploration into a newer beer style, the Black IPA. Black as night, bitter, with a full flavored Cascade hop profile and smooth finish.

Named after Nyx, the mythological Greek goddess of night, who stood at the beginning of creation. As a beginning, we agree Adam is on to something. As he moves on, we raise a toast and hope you enjoy his beer as much as we do.

Added by OldIronLungs on 04-15-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,267
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
123
pDev:
9.14%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
12
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
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Photo of rderedin
2.72/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

Extremely bitter aftertaste. Not a fan.

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Photo of trevorpost
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of teleman
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of imbibehour
3.21/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Dark mahogany brown, with barely half a finger of tan white head being created. Leaves a good thick collar, but also pours a little sludgey out of the can. Spotted lacing with a bit of swirling, giving some legs.

Aroma is of thick dark chocolate malt, and a good slight peanut butter cookie like quality. Slight pine but also a bit of heat of booze as well. Hop profile is not really apparent on this.

Palate is quite a bit deadened. Very watery body with a light roast. Slight hints of thick malt flavor though in the mid palate but a flattened hop profile and wort like quality proceeds. Slight almost waffery and peanut butter flavor on the aftertaste. Muted hop profile as well, but not boozy tasting as the nose seems to hint at.

While considerably better than other White Birch offerings I've had, this is still not really much to enjoy here.

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Photo of feuematt
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A pretty good offering....you have to gently pour this one or you will have a mess on your hands....I get mainly a coffee and hoppy taste...I would buy this again.

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Photo of harsley
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of BerkshireGuerrilla
3.31/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Not much body but has that cascadian feel. Not bad, not in XS

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jdhilt
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger brown head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights, yeast left in bottle. Light-medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Light pine hop nose. Flavor is roasted coffee and pine hops. Unusual black ale, the 103 IBUs are balanced by the malts. Lingering bitter aftertaste. Bottled Apr 2011, batch 1. $7.99 for a 22oz bottle, from Concord Cooperative Concord, NH.

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Photo of Lynn
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of c58crtde
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Finally a solid offering from White Birch Brewing. Quality control seemed to be the main problem with the brewery, but this beer was great. Not sessionable at all, but thats because of style only. I don't really understand the "Black IPA" thing, seemed more like a hoppy roasted Porter to me.

Good stuff

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Boatshoes! Split with Ryan011235.

Bottled April 2011, Batch one, 1065 bottles, 7.0% abv, poured into an E&J Cask and Cream glass.

Appearance
Wow, this stuff pours out like a porter or American stout. Its very thick, especially for the style. There is a tall, dense and dark colored head with great staying power but only broken lace. The beer is deep, dark and thick looking.

Aroma
Lots of roasted malts give off the typical dark coffee, black chocolate, ash and char. Furthermore, there is a chocolate chip cookie aroma that is quite nice. There is a stiff pine aroma. I wonder what this beer was like a month and a half ago. The hops combine with the roastiness to create a lot of spiciness, especially when cold. The hops are bursting from this beer like they should, but this beer could be fresher also.

Taste
This is pretty good, but I think there is a little bit of hop fade. Its still very bitter, but the sweet citrus flashes and pine resinousness are toned back, giving way to bitterness by blackened malts.

Mouthfeel
The thick body was not a surprise after seeing the weight of this beer on the pour. It has a long, ashy dry finish with low, soft carbonation.

Overall
I like this one. Its very bitter at times, but my palate quickly adjusted and the beer became quite enjoyable. But there is little in the way of balance. Its all bitter roasted malts and bitter piney hops. Totally a good offering from White Birch though.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased at Formaggio Kitchen, Cambridge, MA. Batch One, Bottled April 2011, Bottle Count 1065.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" dark dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head dwindles over time, with leggy, sticky lacing. Aroma is rich deep dark malts. Taste starts sweet as well, anise and blackstrap coupled with some hops bitterness in the middle, closes with a peek of citrus and some more bitter, which lingers on the palate. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is okay as well. A little too rough around the edges for me, but still pretty good overall.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 6/15/11

Thanks to MbpBugeye for sharing.

Bottled April 2011, Batch #1

Pours a slow, inky dark brown. Medium-dark brown foam rises quickly to nearly two fingers. Thin retention but a decent bit of lace.

Smells dark and roasty; a touch of the tangy roast, too. Some semi-sweet chocolate notes. Quite piney - dry pine resin, pine needles and sappy pine tree forests. Earthy undertones. Stray citric spots and coffee beans.

The flavor profile is strewn across the place. Starts off hoppy, mostly piney and bitter. The bitterness lingers throughout. Lots of thick, roasted malts. Bitter chocolate. Burnt, ashy flavors are compounded on the finish. Some folks might not like the potent ashy character, but I am fond of such things. Bitter coffee finish.

Full body with a smooth, almost silky feel. Rather viscous for the style. The feel is offset by frisky carbonation.

Nyx is very much on the stout side of this pseudo-style. It has the bitter/burnt/ash combo that I dig.

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Photo of DudMan
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of doremite
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Very classic black ale. Would prefer something softer and hoppier or maybe not as bitter as aftertaste is fairly sharp w a touch of alcohol bite. Not bad though and reasonable at $8 for a 22. Just not unique in any way.

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Photo of Bluegrass49
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of smanson56
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of mklisz
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of DmanGTR
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of cfinch2
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of JakeDebus
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of smccann
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 123 ratings
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